Spartanburg Litter Hero Program

Helping keep our streets litter-free and providing sustainable employment for those experiencing homelessness

What is the Litter Hero Program?

The Litter Hero Program is a 90-day pilot created by the City of Spartanburg, OneSpartanburg Inc., Spartanburg County, and a wide range of homeless service providers that will employ up to four individuals who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability as part of a litter crew working in Spartanburg County. Participants will be employees of the Spartanburg Opportunity Center, reporting to work at the center in the morning to engage in case management and life skills training as assigned prior to heading to the work site.

What needs does the Litter Hero Program serve?

This pilot program was initiated as an innovative means of helping address a noticeable increase in litter throughoutSpartanburg County and in order to provide an innovative path toward sustainable employment opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness. 

What are the requirements for participants?

Organizations will assist in referring individuals to the program. Once referred, those who wish to participate must meet the following conditions:

• Must engage in case management weekly as assigned
• Must agree to drug testing at any point in time during the course of the program
• Must agree to and complete background check
• Must agree to and pass a physical
• Must be able to meet the requirements and work hours as set by the employer

What are the work schedules and compensation for participants in the program?

Participants will average 25 hours per week, typically weekdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All participants are paid $12 per hour and receive case management and life skills training, as well as post program connections to the traditional work force. Housing for participants is provided by Miracle Hill for the duration of the program, as well as 30 days following its completion.   

Who is funding the program?

The Litter Hero Program is funded by the City of Spartanburg, OneSpartanburg Inc., Spartanburg County, Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful, and Palmetto Pride. 

What are the program’s partner organizations?

This program represents the coming-together of a wide variety of local institutions and organizations to address issues associated with homelessness and litter in our community including, Spartanburg County, City of Spartanburg, OneSpartanburg Inc., Spartanburg Opportunity Center, United Way of the Piedmont, H.O.P.E. Ministries, Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful, Miracle Hill Ministries, SPIHN, SC Works, and GoForth Recovery.

More Information

For more information or to apply, contact Homeless Education and Outreach Coordinator, Olivia McIntyre at (864) 764-5220.

Litter Hero flyer